Birds Kept as Pets | Healthy Pets Healthy People | CDC

Diseases associated with birds kept as pets that cause human illness include:
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Formulated diets for pet birds are available from many reputable manufacturers, pet stores, and veterinarians. The food is a blend of grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits, and various types of proteins, as well as additional vitamins and minerals. The ingredients are mixed and then baked. The food may be in the form of pellets, crumbles, or nuggets. Unlike a seed mixture, the bird cannot select particular components out of a formulated diet, so nutritional imbalances are much less likely to occur. There are commercial foods for different species, so be sure to select one appropriate for your particular bird.
For pet birds entering the United States (U.S.) from Canada, the requirements generally include:
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Birds are so much fun to have as pets. And they become as devoted to you as a dog. You can choose a bird that you can teach to talk or a bird that will serenade you with it's beautiful voice. In some instances, cages and accessories are more costly than the bird itself. But once you have all the necessary equipment, upkeep is relatively inexpensive. When you decide on a particular bird, do your research so you can be prepared to give it the time and care required. According to the , there are two main types of pet birds, and each has their own benefits and drawbacks:
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Photo provided by FlickrMany bird owners also have cats and dogs and, as natural predators, these pets often instinctually to want to run after prey such as birds.
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You appear to have JavaScript disabled. Although you should be able to use Petopia without JavaScript, you may be missing out on some of the snazzier features.Dread ravens seem to be deliberately non-tameable at this stage. It's also possible they could end up as Carrion Birds (or a new family) if they're made tameable.Dread rocs seem to be deliberately non-tameable at this stage. It's also possible they could end up as Carrion Birds (or a new family) if they're made tameable.This bird is perfect for beginners who aren’t sure they want as much interaction as some other species require. The canary is happy to hang out in a cage and entertain you with beauty and song. In fact, they’d rather be handled. Because they don’t desire handling, the canary is a good children’s pet, providing song and beauty and allowing youngsters to observe the wonder of birds close up.Always deal with a reputable breeder or bird store when shopping for a pet. Some pet retailers see birds as products to be sold as quickly and efficiently as possible. Rapid stock turnover may be good for profits, but not for pets. Deal with people who sell healthy, well-socialized birds and you can count on the best start to your relationship with your new pet.Choosing a good pet store is important when buying any pet, but especially important for buying budgies. Mass-produced birds are harder to tame because they haven’t been socialized, and they’re more prone to life-threatening diseases.We currently have several young Budgies (commonly known as Parakeets) in many striking colors. With a little handling and love, these little birds make excellent pets and the males are one of the best talkers, according to Bird Talk magazine. In the study, Gibson and his colleague identified 49 different species, including mammals, birds and reptiles, that are critically threatened in their natural habitat due to capture for the pet trade but have thrived in other places as invasive creatures. "In some cases, captured feral animals could replenish the native populations; in others they could be funneled into the pet trade, hopefully replacing those captured illegally in their native habitat," Normile writes.